Real talk, when Shane Warne is giving you pointers on how to conduct yourself in public, then it’s maybe, possibly, probably time you checked yourself.
The ever “controversial” Nick Kyrgios had his US Open journey cut spectacularly short thanks to a grumpy, rampaging Scotsman by the name of Andy Murray, who bundled out the brash Aussie in the first round of the tournament yesterday.
During the match, Kyrgios was repeatedly warned by the chair umpire over his audible swearing, complained loudly after ushers allowed people to enter the stadium seating area between points, smashed his racket and threw towels on more than one occasion, used wildly low-percentage shot selection, and between games reclined in his seat to the point of being practically supine, with his eyes closed – almost as if he was nodding off.
All this following the recent storm of controversy surrounding the 20 year-old Canberran that saw him lumped with a hefty fine and suspended sentence from the ATP.
And ‘Straya’s own King of Spin, Shane Warne? He’s seen enough.
Posting on Facebook, the bloke who once shook his (then) prodigious arse on the balcony of Trent Bridge after sealing the 1997 Ashes series had a few choice words to say about Kyrgios, and offered his advice to the young man about respect.
Dear Nick Kyrgios, We all realise you’re only 20 & have a lot to learn buddy. But please don’t waste your talent,…
“Dear Nick Kyrgios,
We all realise you’re only 20 & have a lot to learn buddy. But please don’t waste your talent, everyone in the world, especially us Australians want to respect u [sic]. Remember respect is way more important than being liked, u [sic] need to respect to game of tennis & yourself. We all make mistakes, but it’s how we learn from them & the way we conduct ourselves when we lose that shows true character. You’re testing our patience mate, show us what you’re made of & how hungry you are to be the best in the world, it’s time to step up & start winning, no excuses. No shame in losing, but show us you will never give up, that you will give it everything to be the best you can be, respect us earned not given ! I believe in you & know you can do it, but now’s the time my friend…
People were pretty quick to note exactly how chuffed Shane was on the spirit of his own message.
Truth be told, though – there ain’t many better authorities on public buffoonery than Shane Keith Warne. So, y’know… It’s probably wise to heed the call.
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